Missile Defense Agency policy states no more public calendar for upcoming missile tests

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - According to a new Missile Defense Agency policy, the government will no longer post a public calendar for upcoming missile tests.
In the past, missile tests were made public; but in the future, the launch calendar will only be made available for Congress.
Local pilots and boat captains will be informed of the launches roughly a week before they occur.
Alaska has been one of the more active states for missile interceptor system tests, with launches being conducted at the Kodiak launch facility.
In recent history, 10 of 17 interceptor tests for the Ground-based Midcourse system have been successful.
All missile tests *results will still be made public.
The agency described its new policy as a way to "safeguard critical defense information."
Sen. Lisa Murkowski recently spoke with Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, the Director of the Missile Defense Agency, during a Committee on Indian Affairs meeting.
Greaves spoke on the importance of the missile defense program in Alaska and how it helps protect the rest of the nation.
Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves; Director - Missile Defense Agency>>: "So the additional GVI's going into the ground in missile field four at Fort Greeley. That expands the arrows in the quiver, as we call it; as well as, they will be tipped with the reliable kill vehicle, the RKV, too increase our capability. As far as the radar at Clear, that will be a tremendously important asset for us, because what it does, is it provides, it will provide, what we call mid-course discrimination as well as tracking. Plus, when it's not executing the ballistic missile defense, it is a magnificent- will be a magnificent asset to do space situational awareness for the United State Air Force as part of their missions, so, we will have dual mission capabilities. Primary mission, being ballistic missile defense, and secondary mission, to support SSA for the Air Force."